Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator, has awarded Laing O’Rourke the civil works contract for the new Port Botany Terminal 3.
The contract marks the start of the on-ground works of HPH’s A$500 million investment for the development of a new container terminal. Laing O’Rourke will construct an A$150 million civil and rail infrastructure, representing the first phase of the newly reclaimed Botany Bay expansion.
Raymond Law, Managing Director of HPH Australasia and North Asia, said: “HPH is committed to delivering a new world-class container handling facility to Sydney. Awarding the construction contract is a significant step towards the creation of a new stevedoring operation in Port Botany.”
Laing O’Rourke’s work for the Port Botany project includes the provision of rigid pavement using onsite concrete batching, high voltage substations, structural support for the heavy duty quay and stacking crane systems, rail sidings, drainage and ground improvements.
Laing O’Rourke CEO Steve Hollingshead said that this was a significant project and one in which the company was proud to be involved.
“Port Botany Terminal 3 is directly related to the growing infrastructure needs of NSW and demonstrates – as we already have done repeatedly at the Port of Newcastle – that Laing O’Rourke is uniquely placed to manage complex integrated port and rail solutions,” Mr Hollingshead said.
“Our 30-year history in marine engineering underpins this project supported by our track record in seamlessly delivering infrastructure alongside vital operating sites – such as ports and airports,” he added.
Infrastructure South General Manager Paul McNerney welcomed the news and said Laing O’Rourke looked forward to working with HPH to deliver this world-class project.
“Port Botany is the country’s second largest port and a key part of the Australian economy and we’re proud to be part of its bright future. We’ll start on site later this year,” Mr McNerney said.
Mr Law said, “In addition to the civil works, the new terminal will be installed with our award winning terminal operating system, nGen, together with state-of-the-art container handling equipment.”
The terminal is scheduled to begin operations in 2013.